Tesco set to go cashierless as it seeks to rival Amazon Go
Tesco is set to become the latest major retailer to go cashier-free as it aims to modernise its operations to compete with the likes of Amazon Go.
The UK’s largest grocer is understood to have enlisted the help of Israeli tech start-up Trigo Vision, which recently secured $7 million (£5.5 million) in seed funding from Hetz Ventures and Vertex Ventures Israel, to help it develop the technology.
Trigo Vision has already developed cashierless system similar to Amazon Go’s, using cameras and machine learning to automatically track items customers pick up and add them to a virtual basket.
Customers will be prompted to add their payment details to Tesco’s app, allowing them to be charged automatically when they leave the store.
This tech was demonstrated during Tesco’s recent capital markets day, in which it also revealed it could soon introduce autonomous delivery vehicles to its store network.
Tesco is already testing delivery robots at its stores in Milton Keynes as part of a collaboration with Starship Technologies, the technology company behind rival Co-op’s autonomous delivery operation.
This comes as Amazon plans to dramatically ramp up its Go grocery store roll out over the next few years, aiming for around 3000 stores by 2021, including locations in the UK.